Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
178 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It is a small company trying to change the world, but it comes at a price (in 7 reviews)

  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is disproportionate heavily favoring the work (in 29 reviews)

  • no work life balance work 6 days one day off (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    sexy company with innovative product. but employees are treated like machines with no rewards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Sexy company with innovative product with great vision

    Cons

    The company has no concerns for the employees' well-beings. They treat their employees as machines and devote no resource or time to career development or their well-beings. It's common to be working 70 to 80 hours a week and management has no respect for your personal life. Texts or emails on the weekend are a norm. Pay is extremely under market considering that it's a palo alto based company and the # of hours everyone puts in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees better. devote more resource and focus on career development and their well being. people want to work for you now because it's a hot and sexy product but it will wear off soon. By then your good employees will move onto the next big thing or one that pays and treats their employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Limited Attention to Quality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People who work there are great. Lots of office perks like free vending machine drinks, company stock options.

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime, 16 hours a day, 7 days a week on a "salary" which means no overtime pay. Too many chiefs and not enough indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the quality of products received from vendors, pay vendors on time, treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 13 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place for a real engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you like un-necessary meetings.................. Join it.
    If you don't want to work..................................Join it
    If you are fresher/ intern.................................. Join it
    If you want to work only for pay the bills......... Join it
    If you like bila-bila bila-bila (management)..... Join it
    If you want to get Apple i-5.............................. Join it
    If you want your H1B visa..............................Join it (Later on they apply green card also)
    If you want to proud of this company............. Join it (At least friends/ family/relative will respect you... Lol)
    During my work, I always felt that I am on shopping with my girlfriend. if you can act like a good boy friend..... Join it

    Cons

    If you respect your intelligence... Don't join it.
    No contribution in 401K plan (1:0)
    No yearly increment (Not even $100 yearly)
    Very expensive city (Rent min $1950 for 1 BHK apt)
    More than 90% people are not technical but with good management quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't hire guys from Tier-1 company, because you don't want to learn any thing.
    This is not end of the road. You are not making 1st car of this planet. So be on ground.
    Open your ear and eyes & let fresh air/ ideas come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company that is growing rapidly

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

    Great vehicles and a fast growing company that is good to be a part of. As a technician everything you need to learn about Tesla is provided on the Company website. Good training facilities and overall great vehicles to work on. Compensation is ok if you have some prior experience. Ability to apply for different positions within the company after time. ASE reimbursement. Travel to other states or countries to support vehicles from time to time. Good health benefits, paid time off accumulates quickly. Hourly, no flat rate.

    Cons

    As a vehicle technician at the service center level you're shop is only as good as the people running it. Unfortunately the service center I was employed at did not treat its' employees all that well. Mismanaged and disorganized.Foreman did not help at all and yelled at us for not knowing everything when he wouldn't get off his seat and help us in the first place. He wouldn't even call us by our names. Team leaders assigned for no reason when the foreman could do that himself. Requests and respect of privacy for your requests to service manager not taken seriously and laughed at among other associates. Room for growth is extremely limited at the service center level. Raises or cost of living are not to be mentioned ever. You were forced to stay late without being asked first, it was expected. Or else, you get yelled at. They micro manage you and treat you like you are a little kid. You are paid hourly, but the shop is ran like a flat rate shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build your team. Team building is extremely important. Treat associates of the company like they actually mean something. Respect goes a long way. A foreman who actually helps out and works on cars would be a big help.
    A service manager who actually talks and listens to you. A service manager that respects your requests and privacy of your requests. No flat rate mentality, no clicks within the shop. Tesla is not supposed to be like that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    QA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    There is no benefit to work as QA in Tesla. They are traditional people who do not want to work in automation also the if you are keen to learn then you are at wrong place to work.

    Cons

    No support from manager to learn so they should replace old and traditional people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    QA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    No pros so far i noticed

    Cons

    Bad attitude and management treat lower employees like slaves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    show respect to others and if possible change your attitude

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    It sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Welder in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Welder in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice car but none of the workers could ever afford to buy one.

    Cons

    Terrible money. Treated like a slave. Insane working hours. Arrogant and abusive managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free the slaves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 14 people found this helpful  

    ABSOLUTE THE WORST JOB I'VE EVER HAD: "Very Disappointing!”; “Completely Corrupt”

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

    Sexy fast cars, allot of incredibly talented people, excellent benefits, cutting edge opportunity and free food.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE TERRIBLE QUALITY CONTROL, vehicles shipped to customer locations incomplete yes MISSING PARTS that should have been installed at the factory from doors, frunks to the screws that hold the vehicle to solid (CraZy...), salaries WAY below market, RIDICULOUS cut throat management politics, VERY disorganized throughout the company, ZERO work life balance (forget having a day off), I've seen them FIRE employees in an instant and HIDE behind the "CA. AT WILL ACT" so they don't have to deal with management or their quality issues, HR. claims to have an open door policy but what they really mean is open your mouth about anything and your FIRED (I've seen it), allot of haste with company money on travel between cities and countries rather than QC at factory level and quality staffing, "NO RECOGNITION OF TALENT & HARD WORK.”, review system is a joke this is a very frustrating environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Tesla is an abusive and highly unethical company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very public company with great brand recognition.

    Cons

    Very poor management who regularly abuses their power.
    Below average pay - Many customer facing employees are paid poorly and sometimes are in danger of a salary cut.
    The use of intimidation and fear tactics.
    Excessive work hours 65+ hours a week is expected.
    Management is primarily made up of engineers and not business oriented professionals.
    HR has a blind eye to abuse and will not take action against managers.
    Illegal work practices.
    Little to no training.
    Extreme favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold regular peer reviews, hire real industry professionals and start a management training program to educate managers on proper management techniques and practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Do not work for this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Good product, but that's about it

    Cons

    Long work hours
    No respect for the employees
    Treated as robots
    Politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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